* The purpose of our documentation is to provide a window into the creative process and the interactions within our circle. It keeps the memory of our work together alive and offers a touchstone to revisit later for further reflection by the facilitators, the parents and the children.

Women are the primary resource of the planet. They give birth, we come from them. They are mothers, they are visionaries, they are the future. If we can figure out how to make women feel safe and honor women, it would be parallel or equal to honoring life itself."

- Eve Ensler

Something Wonderful: Day Three

held my breath
as we do
to stop time
when something wonderful
has touched us - Mary Oliver

Day 3: My radiant and colorful Mighty Intern, also known as, "The Amazing Chelsea" presented me with a bowl that she made with her own two hands. Yes, I cried. I've gotten juicier with age - tears are part of the territory.

We began the morning with gifts. Today's gift comes from Harper Collins, The Pocket Daring Book for Girls: Wisdom & Wonder! It's crazy cool...'nough said!

Then we went back to work on the journals. We started our writing prompts based on the "I Am" poem. This is a wonderful exercise worth repeating periodically as we become more fully ourselves. For parents it can be a very moving glimpse into your daughter's heart. For girls it can be an empowering and playful way to get to know oneself.

While the journals dried in the sun, the Mighty Girls took flight.

We ended the morning with another project, Talisman Necklaces. The girls have been asking about it since day one and were so eager to get started that when I announced that it was talisman time, they ran to the Mighty Tipi screaming with joy. Talismans date back to antiquity and are believed to bring good luck or protection to the person who wears them.

I poured out the jar of lovely talismans made by Industrial Chic , charms and toggles from Creativity Inc. as well as some found objects from my stash. The girls chose one that they felt connected to in some way. Then they shared their story about the talisman that they chose.

They did an amazing job. The necklaces are BEAUTIFUL!

I was completely swept away by this awesome group of girls.

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